Terpsichore in Sneakers
Banes begins by considering the act of dance criticism itself, exploring its modes, methods, and underlying assumptions and examining the work of other critics. She traces the development of contemporary dance from the early work of such influential figures as Merce Cunningham and George Balanchine to such contemporary choreographers as Molissa Fenley, Karole Armitage, and Michael Clark. She analyzes the contributions of the Judson Dance Theatre and the Workers' Dance League, the emergence of Latin postmodern dance in New York, and the impact of black jazz in Russia. In addition, Banes explores such untraditional performance modes as breakdancing and the "drunk dancing" of Fred Astaire.
About the Author
"Banes' lucid assessment is a timely and extremely worthwhile book. Banes is highly respected as a dance critic, but she is also a conscientious historian, and it is this side of her that predominates the book."—Susan Reiter, American Dance Guild Newsletter
"An impressive achievement and a valuable document of dance history Terpsichore in Sneakers is going to be in demand for a long time, both as a guide to one of the least predictable realms of art and as an example of dance criticism that truly helps us see."—Laura Shapiro, The Real Pape
"Sally Banes writes criticism with a dancer's feel for dancing, a personal acquaintance with the choreographers she writes about, a solid knowledge of critical theory, and an awareness of the many relationships of post-modernism to the contemporary cultural context. Terpsichore in Sneakers is a first-rate contribution ... the best book we have on post-modern dance."—Milton H. Snoeyenbos, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
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